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Seeking the Shalom of the City

Jeremiah 29:4-14, NRSV

Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. — Jeremiah 29:6-7

  • We are all different, work differently, see things differently, behave differently
  • It is not easy to engage to the city
  • Seeking peace, Shalom, not just for ourselves, but also for things and people around us, shalom for the city, shalom for all
  • Two faulty agendas (for a city)
    • Babylon agenda VS Tribal agenda
    • Babylon agenda: assimilate people from land they conquered
    • Tribal agenda: engage the city, but in the inside, disdain the city; just using it, despise the city; a selfish, fortress mentality
  • God’s Agenda v5-7
    • seek welfare of the city
    • bring flourishing to everybody
    • work for city’s shalom
    • pray for city’s shalom
  • Source of energy to seek shalom is the Gospel
  • God gives us permission to love the city

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